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WHAT'S IN A STRONG CORE?
It’s not just about being fit. The core is the powerhouse that generates nearly every movement we make. Strong abdominals protect our backs in everyday life and lie at the core of our yoga practice. Plus, they make us look amazing!
The days of doing endless crunches without results are long gone - this challenge will help you use movement toward building deep, strong core muscles and flexibility. This is a journey into all the styles, poses, sequences and aspects of your core.
WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT?
This 15 Day Core Challenge is designed to give you a taste of a range of different movement styles, levels, teachers and methods in which you can strengthen your core. Where you had thought that core exercises are dull, we are here to show you the range and fun you can have when you work on your strong centre.
You will be sent a daily guided practice straight to your inbox for you to practice anywhere.
Every body is different: what’s easy for you might be tough for someone else. Some days you’ll have a short, tough class. Other days, you’ll need to dedicate more time. You’ll discover teachers that you’ll love, and others you're perhaps less fond of.
As well as having a super strong core by day 16, you’ll have completed an adventure into your mind, body and spirit. What do you have to lose?
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
Why not challenge a friend or loved one to join you? We want you to feel supported: We want you to feel supported: Join our Movers' Facebook Group and let us know how you get on during the challenge and share your journey with us on social media using #MovementForModernLife + #MoveMoreLiveMore.
10 min Abs Blast
10:29 | Dylan Ayaloo
Dylan leads a progressive core work out which builds from gentle movements to the deep power core work we all know and love. Choose from gentle rests or stretches in between. Bring some love to your abs today
More Core Less Time
24:59 | Kristi Rodelli
Although Forrest yoga always has a core focus, this class is a short core boost. Suitable for all levels, although you will certainly challenge yourself, beginners and improvers should stay with their own level. A great yoga class for when energy needs a bit of a boost or for when you need to feel stronger from the inside. You will need a rolled up mat, or a cushion can be used.
Pilates: For a Strong Core
36:44 | Antonia Ptohides
A series of classical Pilates exercises which emphasise core stability, alignment and body awareness. Great for back injuries and those who sit behind a desk all day. This short Pilates workout will release any tension in the lower back area, stretch the hip flexors, iliopsoas and hamstrings and create a happier body. Suitable for all levels.
|36:44||Antonia Ptohides||All Levels|
Heat Your Body, Cool Your Nervous System
28:08 | Leila Sadeghee
In this class, Leila shares her own practice which helps her to deal with living in the modern, urban world. How she pulls her awareness away from struggle and into ease. This is a meditative, heating practice to cool the nervous system and support the immune system. The class is a fast-flowing and core-focused Anusara-Inspired vinyasa flow ending with plenty of supine twists.
Inner Strength 1
30:54 | Bridget Woods-Kramer
In this tutorial style class, Bridget shows us how to get ooodles of inner strength by activating mula bandha, the core and strengthening the pelvic floor. This yoga class shows correct pelvic alightment in warrior variations and then goes onto plenty of core strengtheners. You will need a block.
Inner Strength 2
26:00 | Bridget Woods-Kramer
In this yoga class Bridget continues the theme of giving inner strength and courage as well as a physically strong core through core strengthening asana, abdominal exercises as well as penty of breath practices to bring you into your core and to harness your courage. You will need a block.
Inner Strength 3
13:29 | Bridget Woods-Kramer
In this short tutorial style class Bridget shows us some simple exercises for harnessing inner strength, energy and vitality. The class focuses upon Jalandhara Bandha, which controls the flow of energy in the throat and blood vessels of the neck. This has the effect of stimulating the thyroid and parathyroid and balances the endocrine system. You will need a strap and some blankets for shoulderstand.
Forrest Yoga: Release & Transform
17:20 | Ana Forrest & Jose Calarco
Forrest Yoga's creatrix Ana Forrest introduces a revolutionary new way to move. She shows the Forrest yoga methods of releasing tension in the neck and shoulders, soothing stressed minds, building core strength and improving lower back strength. All in this short practice. Curious? We were and were blown away with Ana’s sequence.
|17:20||Ana Forrest & Jose Calarco||Intermediate/Advanced|
36:37 | Zephyr Wildman
Dynamic core sequence which will challenge the strongest yogi or athlete and give strength to the rest of us. Zephyr brings real spirit to this core practice, prepare to work.
All About Your Core
24:05 | Naomi Absalom
A lovely slow flow which won't let you forget your strong core. With variations for beginners and advanced core-travellers this flow is ideal for creating strength and stability in the lower back as the abs strengthen.
Forrest Yoga: Stand in your core
41:59 | Kristi Rodelli
This is an awesome, all levels Forrest practice. You will be sure to be inspired, re-ignited and energised with this carefully sequenced practice which uses a point of focus in the body to gain insights. There is a beautiful focus on the breath, starting with a fiery Sivananada breath some core work (it wouldn't be a Forrest practice without the core!), there are plenty of feisty standing poses to strengthen but with some fantastically releasing modifications. Props: block
53:57 | Zephyr Wildman
Looking for a challenge this week? Zephyr leads an intermediate /advanced twist practice that utilises core strength to stretch and tone the deep fibres of hips and abs. Zephyr’s creative sequence weaves vinyasa flow and long holds to create the finest hip & spine release you’ve tried in a long time.
Crow Pose Tutorial
09:35 | Emma Henry
This Crow Pose (Bakasana) tutorial gives us a new way of looking at the balance of crow (bakasana), starting up with crow on the back! Then there's plenty of core strengthening and hip releases to prepare for the full pose. For those who don't yet have a crow practice, there are some handy tips in which you may need a bolster and/or a couple of blocks to help you to find your wings to take flight in crow.
Transitioning Your Core Vinyasa
29:04 | Naomi Absalom
A vinyasa class which gets going swiftly and focuses not just on poses but the movement between them. This gives a very thorough, but soulful core workout. A great class for strengthening the upper body, as well as lengthening.
55:25 | Leila Sadeghee
Need to clear some head space or find great new challenge on the mat? Leila throws in some criss-cross core work to scramble the brain, handstands and chanting to clear creative blocks and revitalise.